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“I learned a lot from him” – Raphael Varane reveals Man United legend he based his game on



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Raphael Varane has explained how looking at Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand helped him settle into the Premier League.

The French defender made his move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021 and he has since built a remarkable partnership with Lisandro Martinez in the heart of United’s defence.

His last-minute goal line clearance against Barcelona was the latest clutch defensive moment from the former Real Madrid defender. After a year of injury difficulties, Varane has emerged as a vital part of a promising United team.

Many fans compare his partnership with Martinez to that of Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Argentine, who fights for every ball and is aggressive in his approach, is likened to Vidic while Varane plays the composed and sweeping role that the English defender did.

It’s no surprise to hear that the Frenchman looked back at the performances of Ferdinand in order to help himself settle into England’s top flight.

When asked if Ferdinand was one of the players he looked at when joining United, Varane told club media: “Yeah, definitely. I think his partnership with [Nemanja] Vidic was impressive and he’s a legend here, so obviously in my position, I was looking for him to know how to defend here in England because it’s a special championship.

“He was impressive, so I learned a lot from him. He was very happy to welcome me and to share his experience.”

Ferdinand won six Premier League titles with the club during his time at Old Trafford and is widely considered as one of the best defenders to ever play in the division.

United have the opportunity to end a six-year trophy drought on the weekend and they will feel confident that they can win the Carabao Cup against Newcastle United, especially with Varane and Martinez at the back.